In HIS Steps

Behind Locked Doors

Luke 24:36-43 ( John 20:19-23)

And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them, and greeted them. But the whole group was terribly frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why do you doubt that it is really I? Look at my hands! Look at my feet! You can see that it is I, myself! Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost! For ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do!” As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see the marks of the nails, and showed them the wounds in his feet.

Still they stood there undecided, filled with joy and doubt.

Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched!

Jesus’ body wasn’t just a figment of the imagination or the appearance of a ghost—the disciples touched him, and he ate food. On the other hand, his body wasn’t merely a restored human body like Lazarus’s (John 11)—he was able to appear and disappear. Jesus’ resurrected body was immortal. This is the kind of body we will be given at the resurrection of the dead (see 1 Corinthians 15:42-50).

His Representatives

The disciples knew that the tomb was empty but didn’t understand that Jesus had risen, and they were filled with fear—even when Jesus appeared to them. Despite the women’s witness and the biblical prophecies of this very event, they still didn’t believe. Today the Resurrection still catches people by surprise, and many refuse to believe. What more will it take? For these disciples it took the living, breathing Jesus in their midst. For many people today, it takes the presence of living, breathing Christians. As part of Christ’s body on earth, you have the responsibility to be his representative to a lost world. What do people think of Christ when they think of you?

Published by Intentional Faith

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